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Old Feb 11, 2018, 07:58 PM   #1
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Illinois at Indiana
Wednesday, February 14th
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Old Feb 11, 2018, 08:00 PM   #2
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Indiana by 10+.
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Old Feb 11, 2018, 08:24 PM   #3
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Indiana by 10+.
THATS BEFORE OUR INEVITABLE DROUGHT HAPPENING

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Old Feb 11, 2018, 08:27 PM   #4
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Can we reschedule?
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Old Feb 11, 2018, 08:27 PM   #5
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Can we or will we score more than 14 pts in a half at Indiana??
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Old Feb 11, 2018, 08:31 PM   #6
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Can we or will we score more than 14 pts in a half at Indiana??
Yes-we’ll explode for 16, much like tonight
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Old Feb 11, 2018, 08:33 PM   #7
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Someone has to step up, but I'm not even sure who that could be. We don't have anyone who looks athletic enough to even get a shot off at the moment and TF is going to have a rough rest of the season. He can't do it alone. We could easily lose by 20 again.
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Old Feb 11, 2018, 08:34 PM   #8
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Honestly thought the team would turn it around after the two wins. Now, I have no idea how we won any games. There's only two guys on our team that you have to defend. The rest of the team seems to have no interest in scoring. If Indiana puts three guys on Frazier and two on Black, we may just get shutout.
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Old Feb 11, 2018, 09:30 PM   #9
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Old Feb 12, 2018, 04:43 AM   #10
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Old Feb 12, 2018, 06:20 AM   #11
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If there ever was a game that earned the phrase "gut check," this is it. This is not a win, but it will be a chance to claw back into playing like a real team. If we come out and compete the whole game, and lose by less than double digits, I actually see it as a positive sign...god help me.
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Old Feb 12, 2018, 10:27 AM   #12
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If there ever was a game that earned the phrase "gut check," this is it. This is not a win, but it will be a chance to claw back into playing like a real team. If we come out and compete the whole game, and lose by less than double digits, I actually see it as a positive sign...god help me.
I'm afraid our guts are not in it with this team anymore for this season. The rest of the season could get fairly ugly. We could use some good news on the recruiting front.
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Old Feb 12, 2018, 01:14 PM   #13
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Someone has to step up, but I'm not even sure who that could be. We don't have anyone who looks athletic enough to even get a shot off at the moment and TF is going to have a rough rest of the season. He can't do it alone. We could easily lose by 20 again.
I believe that TJL had at least 4 layups in the last game, which is a huge improvement, and it didn't matter. Didn't open anything up, either. Strange.

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Old Feb 12, 2018, 06:15 PM   #14
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Hope to see more Ebo in this game.
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Old Feb 12, 2018, 06:27 PM   #15
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The rest of the season could get fairly ugly
This isn't rock bottom?

Am still hopeful the team comes together before it is all over. Theoretically, if IL happens to win 2 more games. They would not have to play the first day of the B1G tournament?

Also hope A.J., Black & Finke tell the Freshmen what it is like playing in Bloomington. IN will want to avenge their loss from a couple weeks ago. But it would be so nice to get that first road win.
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Old Feb 12, 2018, 07:01 PM   #16
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I believe that TJL had at least 4 layups in the last game, which is a huge improvement, and it didn't matter. Didn't open anything up, either. Strange.
He did do a nice job of driving to the basket. But to open things up we need someone to hit a few outside shots. Without that, driving just becomes that much more difficult as everything collapses. I suspect that's a little of why TF was less successful than previous games. They collapsed the lanes and were able to play him tighter on the perimeter. And we do not move the ball like other teams to find an open guy. By the time we do the defense has already adjusted. I have no answers. Obviously.
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Old Feb 12, 2018, 08:12 PM   #17
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Basically at this point of the season looking for progress out of our freshman. Keep hoping at some point Smith and Williams begin to right the ship and start playing better and showing potential for next year. I have been shocked at how much poorer both players look compared to December. This tends to be the time of year when freshman adjust to college ball and make a major step forward but so far neither has shown any reason to think that is going to occur the rest of the season. Will be interesting to see if they can improve enough in the off season to be significant pieces next year
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Old Feb 13, 2018, 09:45 AM   #18
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This isn't rock bottom?

Am still hopeful the team comes together before it is all over. Theoretically, if IL happens to win 2 more games. They would not have to play the first day of the B1G tournament?

Also hope A.J., Black & Finke tell the Freshmen what it is like playing in Bloomington. IN will want to avenge their loss from a couple weeks ago. But it would be so nice to get that first road win.
No. If we lose the rest of our games and the first game in the BTT and don't even play a game in March, that would be rock bottom...
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Old Feb 13, 2018, 09:53 AM   #19
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No. If we lose the rest of our games and the first game in the BTT and don't even play a game in March, that would be rock bottom...
If we lose the next 3 away games that would be a school record. Never in the 100+ year history of UI BB has a team never won at least 1 away game. Neutral sites don't count. Strictly away games. Look it up!!
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Old Feb 13, 2018, 11:42 AM   #20
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BTN: Cory Provus & Shon Morris

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Underwood: Get ready for the Hoosiers after a very tough, disappointing game against Penn State. In looking back at the tape, really we had every opportunity to put a dagger in 'em in the 1st half.

Underwood: We missed a dunk. We missed a layup in transition. We missed a couple free throws. We talked about those things. And then, our lack of effort in the 2nd half. That's not something I'm going to stand for.

Underwood: The last 8 mins was us just laying down.

Underwood: Finke did not practice yesterday. We'll see where he's at when he goes through the protocol again today.

Underwood: Archie is one of the best tacticians out there. Thought they did a good job on Trent the first time.

Underwood: Greg is an elite rim-runner. He was going hard early. Gave the defense some problems. Didn't maybe go as hard after that and we talked with him about that. Need guys like Mark Smith and Aaron Jordan to knock down jump shots to unclog the lane.

Underwood: One of thing that's been challenging is I don't know where (the production) is coming from night to night. Had two starters the other night who didn't score a point. We're searching a little bit.

Underwood: We're going to see a loaded lane tomorrow. We've got to counter that.

Underwood: We ran our halfcourt spread offense early against Penn State as well as we have. Scored on seven possessions under 10 seconds.

Underwood: When things don't go well, we move like our feet are in cement.

Underwood: It means so much to wear that jersey. And I don't know if our guys understand that yet. It's bigger than them. When the opportunity came to coach here, I knew what it meant.

Underwood: We showed them clips and clips yesterday of the greatest to ever play the game and the emotion and passion they play with. We're not playing like that. Trent has some of that... There's times I'd think we were at a funeral.

Underwood: Played (at IU), never coached there. Great shooting gym.

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Old Feb 13, 2018, 01:47 PM   #21
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"Featuring Mark Tupper's typewriter in a limited engagement" Glad someone mentioned that.
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Old Feb 13, 2018, 03:03 PM   #22
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Underwood: When things don't go well, we move like our feet are in cement.



This. When things go bad, guys let Frazier just do his thing. Drives me crazy.
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Old Feb 13, 2018, 03:12 PM   #23
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Underwood: When things don't go well, we move like our feet are in cement.



This. When things go bad, guys let Frazier just do his thing. Drives me crazy.
Same as last year. Here Malcolm, take the ball, we'll just stand around.
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Old Feb 13, 2018, 03:42 PM   #24
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Same as last year. Here Malcolm, take the ball, we'll just stand around.
Which isn't dissimilar to the several years prior:
2016: Malcolm
2015: Ray
2014: Ray
2013: Brandon
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Old Feb 13, 2018, 03:49 PM   #25
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This isn't rock bottom?
Losing a Battle for Last Place at Rutgers can still happen.
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